The Mauricewood Devils at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Dorothy Alexander & Gavin McCrea
Sat 13 Aug 3:30pm - 4:30pm Writers' Retreat
Women of the Revolution
First, the 1889 disaster at the Mauricewood pit near Edinburgh. Second, the unlikely love affair between 19th century pit owner Frederick Engels and a young working class Irish woman Lizzie Burns. These are real-life events which inspired two hugely accomplished historical novels. Dorothy Alexander’s The Mauricewood Devils and Gavin McCrea’s Mrs Engels bring overlooked women of the industrial era compellingly and convincingly to life. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.
Part of our First Book Award Nominee series of events.
Tickets go on sale at 8:30am on Tuesday 21 June.
Dorothy Alexander/The Mauricewood Devils featuring in New Voices at the National Library of Scotland
Discover the brightest debut literary talents, and be the first to hear future prize-winning and bestselling authors in our new regular showcase. Chaired by Jenny Brown, four writers read from their work and talk inspiringly about their road to publication.
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 from 18:00 to 19:00 (BST)
NLS - George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW - View Map
Knight Frank Marquee 8.00pm / £10, £8 (c)
Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival April 14 – 17 2016
Sunday School: Short film shown as part of
SHORT FILM PROGRAMME
SUNDAY 17 APRIL
2.40pm – 4.10pm
- Reading as part of launch of Robert Leach's new poetry collection Love Songs to the Nilgiri Hills with Tom Murray, Nick Pemberton, Morelle Smith, Rory McLeod and John Milligan, County Hotel, Selkirk, 31st January, 2016.
Writing workshop for beginners as part of Book Week Scotland, Tuesday, 24th November, Galashiels Library, 2.30 - 4.30.
The Storied Landscape, Wednesday 14th October 2015, Abbotsford House
With a special emphasis on Scott's relationship to the Trossachs as the setting for The Lady of the Lake, Dr David Borthwick of Glasgow University will discuss the ways in which art inspires how we see landscapes; changing their character and emphasis according to our cultural ideas, associations, myths and even 'memories', as humans attribute ideas of landscape to the places they encounter.
The talk will culminate with guest appearances by Borders poets Dorothy Alexander, Julian Colton and Anita John as they read work inspired by the Abbotsford landscape and announce plans for the Abbotsford 2016 Poetry Showcase.
Beyond the Shutter/MIMC out of the Box screenings as part of YES Festival, The Haining, Selkirk, 12th to 20th September 2015. http://www.yesartsfestival.co.uk/sites/default/files/YES%20programme%202015_1.pdf Jenny Corbett in Improbable Cinema. Also collaborative inclusion in The Hope and Film Strip installations, and film, Why did Jonah Swallow the Whale?
Reading: Stowed Out Festival, Spoken Word Stage, Saturday 29th August 2015
Participated in Scottish Borders Community Film Initiative in association with Alchemy Film festival.
Film titled Jenny Corbett screened on Sunday 19th April 2015 as part of community film screening programme.Ballads Project
- Sunday 1st March 2015, reading at jazz afternoon, Macarts, Galashiels with Stuart Jones, Sara and Thomas Clark.
- 18th November 2014, Scott’s Treasures Poetry Showcase, Abbotsford.
- 28/06/14 Poetry workshop as part of Scott's Treasures project (CABN and Abbotsford Trust)
- 9th May 2014 reading at Summerhall, Edinburgh http://goodnightpress.com/caesura/
- Winter 2013/ Spring 2014 participated in Fragments Project centred on the Hawick Missal fragment.
16 November to 21 December 2013 Part of The Written Image : Edinburgh Printmakers Winter Exhibition in collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library. Partnered with Linda Kosciewisz-Fleming.
Off-concrete: Scottish poetry and the legacy of concrete
An evening of readings and discussion at the Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh
Friday 24 February, 2012 7pm-9pm
All are welcome to this free event exploring and celebrating the legacy of the 1960s vanguard of Scottish and UK concrete poetry in the work of contemporary Scottish poetry, through readings and talks by two Scottish writers working in the field of visual verse, Nick-e Melville and Dorothy Alexander, as well as an open-floor discussion. The event is being held to coincide with, and complement, the exhibition ‘Happiness, Beauty and Play: Edwin Morgan, Ian Hamilton Finlay and UK Concrete Poetry’, on display at the Scottish Poetry Library until the end of February.
The evening will begin with a brief introductory talk linking the work of the two participating poets to that on display in the exhibition. Both poets will then give readings of 15-25 minutes, followed by informal ten minute presentations on how they feel their work is influenced by, or responds to, concrete poetry of the 1960s, particularly from Scotland and the UK. The floor will then be opened for discussion for around 45 minutes.
Wine and carbohydrates provided. Bookings can be made through the Scottish Poetry Library website
Please contact Greg Thomas with any enquiries: G.C.Thomas@sms.ed.ac.uk
Further information on Nick-E Melville and Dorothy Alexander’s work, and the Scottish Poetry Library, can be found at:
Society of Scottish Artists Annual Open Exhibition 2012
Sic transit Gloria mundi (thus passes the glory of the world) is a collaborative installation with visual/text artist, Catherine Sargeant. It forms part of the Scottish Society of Artists Annual open exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 4th February – 1st March. It is attached to the outer glass panels of the main lift following the bannister line and is a loose acrostic featuring words from museum staff, museum and architect's documents relating to the lift and the Playfair Project. Below is a very short section of it!
Image credit: Catherine Sargeant
Visual Arts Scotland Annual Open Exhibition 2012
Sermons hurt/curb me from Final Warning is on view as part of the Visual Arts Scotland Annual Open Exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 4th February – 1st March.
Image credit: Liquid Mirror, Heather Ross [front cover, exhibition catalogue]
thetextisthetext exhibition 8th - 18th October 2011
Exhibition featuring work from Final Warning.
Reading at CAESURA - a monthly spoken word night
Friday 5th October
White Horse, Canongate (Royal Mile), Edinburgh, 7.30 for 8(ish)
featuring Rosie Brown, Alan Gillis, Dave Hook and me (!)
Talk on Saturday 3rd November
Alloa Poetry Jamboree 27th October - 4th November 2012
Five works from Final Warning exhibited as part of Palympcyst, The Yellow Bench, August 2013.